First round of NMCI tests will conclude next month

First round of NMCI tests will conclude next month

The Navy is shooting to complete testing of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet next month and receive permission from the Defense Department to add 100,000 more seats to the environment.

Electronic Data Systems Corp., the lead contractor on the $7 billion outsourcing program, has assumed responsibility for 48,000 seats, said Rear Adm. Charles L. Munns, the program director, at an NMCI press briefing today.

Contractor testing and evaluation has been completed at the Naval Air Facility, Washington. Testing is still under way at the Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif., and the Naval Air Command at Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be finished by the end of this month, Munns said.

At all three sites the Navy has collected 9,000 applications and is working with EDS to determine which apps to use with NMCI and which to discard.

Contractor testing includes checking to see if the portal is secure, reliable and compatible with other Defense systems, and whether service-level agreements are being met. After contractor testing is done, DOD will review the findings. If NMCI passes, the Navy will be allowed to add seats.

Munns recently was appointed NMCI's director, fulfilling a congressional mandate to name a single program manager to oversee the project.

NMCI will consolidate 200 networks into an intranet linking more than 360,000 desktop PCs.

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